Ely, MN has two carpentry schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a carpentry program, has a total student population of 1,737. It is the 4303rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 72nd highest in the state of Minnesota (#1 is University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).
Carpentry students from Ely schools who go on to become carpenters, construction managers, construction workers, construction engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 743,760 people working as carpenters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $43,640. Also, Construction laborers make on average $33,190 per year and there are about 856,440 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Duluth-WI area alone, there are 370 employed construction laborers earning an average salary of $41,650. Carpenters in this area earn $43,470/yr and there are 890 employed.
Ely lies in St. Louis county, which is one of the 61 counties in Minnesota. Overall, the Duluth-WI area has 123,760 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $18.45/hr average worker wage, and a $38,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 7.171 out of every 1000 jobs in Ely are held by carpenters, and 2.983/1000 are held by construction laborers.
Of the 2 carpentry schools with a 100-mile radius of Ely, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lake Superior College comes out as the most expensive ($11,390/yr) for carpentry students, with Mesabi Range Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $5,313/yr.